Here on the County Line, it's also important to test bulls for the "job" they need to do. Last week, Dr. Dayul Dick from Prairie Vista Veterinary Hospital and Supply came to test our six bulls through a bull breeding soundness examination.
So, how does this farm wife tell you about this process and keep it PG? Very carefully, I suppose.
Quality bulls are a big part of the beef business. It's a good management practice to test bulls before you turn them out into the pasture with the heifers and cows each spring. Bulls have no value if they can't perform.
First, Dr. Dick measured each bull's scrotum and examined it for defects.
After the successful tests, the vet assistant, Katie, gave each bull vaccinations to keep them healthy during their summer in the pasture. It's similar to giving our children vaccinations for their optimal health.
The Novartis Vira Shield protects against at least 10 bacteria and viruses that cause respiratory and reproductive diseases. The Ultrabac 7 helps prevent blackleg, while another vaccine prevents pink eye. She also gave each bull an injectable dewormer shot.
The bulls are hired for yet another year on the County Line.
|This was arrival at the Ninnescah Pasture for one of the bulls last year.|